Photoshop Journey #11…
For today’s journey, I kept to my promise to keep working with photographs. In this case I started with a photo taken by my son. Who can be seen, twice, in the reflection.
I was dressed up in a wig and dress for Fabulous themed party. I zoomed into the sunglasses to see his reflection, cropped the rest, then opened Photoshop.
I used a technique taken from a tutorial called Pencil Drawing (Sketch Effect) – Photoshop Tutorial. I was really after something a little different. A pencil sketch effect with a little more detail in the glasses to show the photographer(s).
There are many tutorials available to create a pencil sketch effect, this one however was a little different. Didn’t go anywhere near Photoshop’s Filter Gallery. I really liked the freedom it gave me to come up with something unique. If I were to change anything, I would have used my Wacom tablet instead of the mouse, would have given me a little more control.
Here are the steps I took:
- Make a copy of the original photo (good practice, nothing to do with the end result)
- Desaturate it (fancy word for removing all the colour)
- Add a new layer under it, filled with the colour white
- Added a black layer mask to the desaturated photo layer
- Using a Flat Blunt Short Stiff brush, painting in white, in a cross-hatch pattern
- Using the above brush but smaller now, painted the glasses to add detail
- Same brush, smaller again to add greater detail to the reflected photographer
That’s it… took about ten minutes.